MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Hayko Bağdat – trial for “insulting the President of the Republic”, “inciting the public to hatred and enmity”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Hayko Bağdat
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2017
LAST UPDATED
14/10/2020
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Internet
Internet News Portal
THE TITLE OF WHOSE RIGHT IS INTERFERED
Journalist
RIGHTS GUARANTEED UNDER THE RIGHT OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Right to Impart Information and Ideas
TYPE OF INTERFERENCE
Judicial Interference
Criminal Courts
Approval of the indictment and initiating the prosecution
THE LEGAL GROUNDS FOR INTERFERENCE
Turkish Penal Code
Art. 299

A lawsuit was filed against journalist Hayko Bağdat over his article “My last piece about Erdoğan” (Erdoğan hakkında son yazım) published on ozguruz.org news website on April 14, 2017 and over his four Twitter posts. The journalist is now facing charges of “insulting the President of the Republic” and “publicly inciting the public to hatred and enmity”. 

At the third hearing held on October 14, 2020, Bağdat’s attorney Aktan said that the open address of Bağdat, who lives in Germany, was added to the case file and requested that the testimony of Bağdat be taken by rogatory. Handing down its interlocutory judgement, the court has ruled that the warrant previously issued against the journalist as part of this file shall be lifted and that his testimony shall be taken by rogatory. The next hearing will be held on February 3, 2021 (October 14).